Passengers boarding trains from the Ghaziabad junction will now be able to identify their coach with the help of train coach guidance system and can also make use of the new water vending system. The new facilities were inaugurated by General VK Singh (retired), minister of state and Ghaziabad MP, along with the senior officials of Railways’ Delhi division, at Ghaziabad on Wednesday.
Of the six platforms at the Ghaziabad junction, the train coach guidance systems were installed on four while the first water vending machine was set up on platform number 1. The local railway officials said that each of the six platforms will have two such water vending machines, according to the plan.
Passengers will be able to purchase drinking water from 300ml to 5 litres from the dispenser at a cost ranging from Rs 1 to Rs 25.
“The infrastructure project at the Ghaziabad railway station was part of the work proposed to be done when I was elected as MP from Ghaziabad. During the last two years, the Delhi division officials have completed various works at the Ghaziabad junction, including improvement in station building, wall panelling, signages for passengers and also improvement in colonies of railway staff,” Gen Singh said.
He also laid the foundation stone for starting work on lifts, escalators, LED lights for the railway station and other improvement works in the New Ghaziabad, Guldhar and Murad Nagar railway stations of Ghaziabad. Apart from this, solar water pumps were also inaugurated at Muzaffarnagar, Mohiuddinpur, Khekra, and Baghpat railway stations in Western UP, apart from automation of 14 pumps in Ghaziabad.
“Several projects, nearing Rs 155 crore, are being done over the railway stretches in Ghaziabad. These projects are likely to get completed by December-end,” he said.
The projects include improvement of the station building, provision of wide and aesthetically improved second entry, improvement of the main entry, provision of more shelters at platforms 4, 5, construction of rail under bridge (RUB) with state government near the Hindon bridge, Hindon elevated road by Ghaziabad development authority, construction of rail under bridge at Sahibabad and six lane rail overbridge (ROB) to connect NH-24 with NH-58 Link Road project.
Some of the other infrastructure projects that are planned and likely to be completed by the next financial year include the construction of ROB at Dhobi Ghat, construction of washable apron facility, provision of lifts and escalators, construction of second pedestrian bridge and booking office at the Sahibabad railway station. The projects are estimated to cost around `88 crore.
Gen Singh said that he is regularly monitoring progress of the under construction and proposed projects on a regular basis for timely delivery.